Imperious Carlsen storms into last 4 of Chessable Masters
Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi breezed into the last four of the $150,000 Chessable Masters with dominating displays today.
Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, needed just three games to dispatch his 2018 title challenger Fabiano Caruana and reach the semis.
The Norwegian won the second and third games after a first game draw to take the set 2.5-0.5 and the match 2-0 without needing a third day.
Carlsen said: “I’ve got to say it was a pretty good, clean day.”
In the all-Russian match, Nepomniachtchi also faced little resistance as he blew apart Vladislav Artemiev in similar fashion 2.5-0-5.
Tomorrow Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren resume their battle with the winner of the tie set to face Carlsen.
The winner of the Alexander Grischuk-Anish Giri tie will go up against Nepomniachtchi.
If either of the best-of-three matches is tied after tomorrow‘s second set, it will go to a decider on Monday.
The event, broadcast live on chess24, is the next stage of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour which carries a total prize pot of $1 million, a record for the online game.
About the tournament
The Chessable Masters, which runs until July 5, is being put on in association with Chessable and the tour’s Education Partner, leading Swiss private banking group, Julius Baer.